Peter Bernstein is president of the Bernstein Literary Agency in New York City, representing non-fiction and fiction authors. He is the co-editor with his wife of The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything and the founding editor of the Ernst & Young Tax Guide. He was co-editor of the book All the Money in the World: How the Forbes 400 Make and Spend Their Fortunes (Knopf, 2008) and was one of the creators of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools, and Best Hospital rankings, as well as Newsweek magazine’s annual corporate green rankings.
A former publisher of Times Books/Random House, Bernstein was the executive editor of U.S. News and World Report for many years. He has also served as editor-in-chief at the Alliance for Life-Long Learning, a co-venture of the University of Oxford, Yale University, and Stanford University. Earlier in his career, he was the Washington editor of Fortune magazine and a reporter for the New York Daily News and Pretoria News in South Africa.
He is a member of the Governing Board of the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, and Words Without Borders, an online literary magazine publishing and translating the work of international authors. For many years, he served on the Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College, which he attended for a semester while a Brown student. He was a trustee of WETA Public Broadcasting in Washington, DC, from 1986 to 1992. Bernstein is a trustee emeritus of Brown University.